How many times have you heard a person say, "I had that idea a long time ago." Many people have great ideas that they think about from time to time. I'm sure you have had an idea that later was implemented by somebody else. That is one of the problems many of us have. It isn't the lack of great ideas, it is the lack of executing those great ideas. We need to be able to get a game plan and execute. Here are a few steps to being able to get the execution process started.
- Write down the idea. I use to get so many great ideas and I would just let it flow right in and out of my mind. It usually came up when I was out and about. I have decided to start writing down all my ideas that I feel are valuable. (I actually type them in my notes on my phone.)
- Reverse engineer the idea. Start with what you would like to do and work backwards to break down the end goal into steps that you would have to take to reach it. For example, if you want to make a certain amount of income per year you need to figure out what that would look like broken down monthly and possible weekly. How much will the business cost to run and how would you generate a profit? Then you would think about what it would take in terms of labor and cost of production. Finally, you can look to see what is required to get started. Reverse engineering works well for planning. It goes along with Luke 14:28, "Which of you, wishing to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost to see if he has the resources to complete it?" You need to know what it will cost before you get started to see if that is possible and to save yourself from getting started and find yourself stuck in a situation that you didn't think about. There are always unexpected occurrences, but try to keep those at a minimum.
- Pray for Spirit leadership. Make sure this journey is something that is God ordained. As a Christian in business we have a slight advantage over other who do not have the Holy Spirit to lead them. We have a little extra help when we are in need. I say this because as business owners, entrepreneurs, and future leaders, we may get so caught up in strategy and planning that we forget to involve Jesus in all of our decisions. For this reason I wanted to make sure I included Spirit leadership in this list.
- Get started. For a lot of people, the hardest part of anything is just getting started. There is a book by Jon Acuff called "Start." I highly recommend this book. It help you get past the idle stage many of us get caught in before starting a venture. We often are waiting and waiting to start anything when we need to have started yesterday. We are waiting for the perfect launch pad or perfect timing, when in reality there is no perfect timing. We have to pray, count the cost, and actually START. Please don't become a slave to procrastination.
We have to do more than generate an idea. We need to actually implement those ideas. Getting started is the hardest part, but once you do it, you will be glad you did. Go ahead and do it today.